Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks selected Damyean Dotson in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Dotson received sporadic playing time as a rookie, but when he was on the court, he made quite the impression on the front office.
With head coach David Fizdale stating that players will earn starter status with their level of play, Dotson has a chance to make an early statement at Summer League.
Dotson has two years and $2,996,762 remaining on his contract, albeit with a non-guaranteed 2019-20 salary. That means he could be a significant piece of the puzzle for the Knicks over the next two seasons, as he’s a quality two-way wing on a cost-efficient deal.
As for what he provides on the court, Dotson can shoot with range, defend at a high level, and even flashed the ability to create for himself.
Dotson finished the 2017-18 season by scoring at least 11 points in each of the final four games, including a 30-point eruption against the Miami Heat. More importantly: He defended at a high level by playing with a steady level of intensity.
If the Knicks are looking to space the floor and defend at a high level, then Dotson is a player whom FIzdale should give a significant chunk of playing time to.